Tampere is the third largest city in Finland. It is surrounded by two beautiful lakes – Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. The city is divided in two halves by Tammerkoski rapids. The centre of the city is characterised by the national landscape of Tammerkoski rapids and red-brick buildings.
At the moment there are some construction sites especially in the city centre. In the future Tampere will have the Finland’s largest multipurpose arena and a tramway and these are the reasons behind most of the construction sites in the city centre.
Tampere owns remarkable history as an industrial city. The Finlayson cotton factory was the first large-scale industry company in Finland. You will actually be spending a lot of time in that area during your stay, since Proakatemia is located in Finlayson area.
Since you will also have some free time during the week, I would like to give you some tips for Tampere sightseeing.
Tallipiha Stable Yards
In olden days Tallipiha Stable Yards used to have housing for the Finlayson cotton factory owner’s animals. Nowadays this cute little yard and its historical stable buildings can be visited, and in this area you will find handicrafts shops, a chocolate shop and a café. The address is Kuninkaankatu 4, Tampere.
Close to the Stable Yards is the former home of one of the owners of Finlayson. Once you are at the Stable Yard, look up and you will see a beautiful mansion, Milavida. Nowadays it is a museum, café and restaurant. You can even just go walking around the mansion on top of the Näsinkallio rock, the view opening up to lake Näsijärvi is lovely. The address is Milavidanrinne 8, Tampere.
Pyynikki observation tower and café – World’s best doughnuts!
The Pyynikki observation tower is located on top of the world’s largest esker over 150 meters above sea level. From here you will get to experience a wonderful view spanning over two lakes and the entire city of Tampere. The tower is 26 meters tall and the top can be accessed by both elevator and stairs. The entrance fee for adults is two euros. At the ground level you will find the famous cafeteria and the doughnuts. The address is Näkötornintie 20, Tampere.
If you haven’t been to Finnish sauna before, this is your chance. Tampere is definitely the Sauna capital of the world. If you are looking for a sauna in the city centre, you can go to Sauna & Restaurant Kuuma. The address is Laukontori 21, Tampere.
From here you will find all the public saunas in Tampere region.
World’s only Moomin Museum
The world’s only Moomin Museum is in Tampere Hall. The museum holds in the original artwork of Tove Jansson taking you to the roots of the much-loved characters. From here you will also find the Moomin library and gift shop. The address is Yliopistonkatu 55, Tampere.If you want to read more about Tampere, I recommend you to check out this website: https://visittampere.fi/en
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